LibriVox recording of Lady Anna, by Anthony Trollope. Read by Simon Evers.
When it appeared in 1874, Lady Anna met with little success, and positively outraged the conservative - `This is the sort of thing the reading public will never stand...a man must be embittered by some violent present exasperation who can like such disruptions of social order as this.' (Saturday Review) - although Trollope himself considered it `the best novel I ever wrote! Very much! Quite far away above all others!!!'
This tightly constructed and passionate study of enforced marriage in the world of Radical politics and social inequality, records the lifelong attempt of Countess Lovel to justify her claim to her title, and her daughter Anna's legitimacy, after her husband announces that he already has a wife. However, mother and daughter are driven apart when Anna defies her mother's wish that she marry her cousin, heir to her father's title, and falls in love with journeyman tailor and young Radical Daniel Thwaite. The outcome is never in doubt, but Trollope's ambivalence on the question is profound, and the novel both intense and powerful.
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March 10, 2019 Subject:
Simon Evers performs another superb undertaking at reading and voice acting
Excellent Novel , so far. Concede i am only just past chapter 36 and started listening to chapter 37. Countess Lovell (nee Murray) often in the second part of the book that should would kill her daughter , Lady Anna . And in chapter 36 in front of witness, engaged to Lady, her mother Countess Lovell said she would strike her daughter. Why didn't Daniel Thaite go to the police and report the threat to the young woman she loved and she loved him and file threat to do physical harm or worse charges against Countess Lovel ?
chapter 7 . after Anna tells Lord Lovel she will not marry him but only mr. thait, and then Anna's mother said it be better her daughter died, if Lord Lovell was so noble why did he not haul Countess Lovel off to St. Bethlehem (bedlam) for the dangerous insane ?
update March 10 2019 . sad, oh well many things are worse , but true , just started listening to this audiobook and don't even remember listened to prior to chapter 37 at very least . lol,
by the way - Trollope died circa 1890 . When did the English , or the British on the whole(sans the Irish I would suppose) , stop besmirching and belittling the Italians "out of hand" ? I guess it started with King Henry VIII and a bit later with Guy Fawkes , albeit a British Spaniard but firmly a catholic , but does this Italians are either dancers and actors and thats about all they are good for, or are rot, go on till this day ?!
January 25, 2014 Subject:
A lengthy character study
This is a long, slow character study. Nothing much really happens, but you get to know the characters intimately through descriptions of their internal thoughts and interactions with other characters. Trollope is masterful at making you understand how his characters feel and think. Not the best introduction to Trollope's work (try the Barsetshire series), but great to listen to if you're not in a hurry. The narrator is excellent; hard to imagine a better reading.